Filming Begins on LONDON HAS FALLEN Starring Gerard Butler; First Synopsis Revealed

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I’m still bitter that when it came to last year’s “Battle of the Die Hard-in-the-White House” movies, the crown went to Olympus Has Fallen over the vastly superior White House Down.  But so it goes, and we will be treated to yet another installment of Gerard Butler‘s Secret Service Agent Mike Banning taking down baddies.  Millennium Films has sent out a press release announcing that filming has commenced on London Has Fallen, which sees Banning accompanying the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) to attend the funeral of the British prime minister.  The press release also includes the first official plot synopsis, and this is my favorite part: “a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.”  All those unknown landmarks?  Totally safe.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film opens October 2, 2015, and also stars Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Sean O’Bryan, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley, Alon Aboutboul, Charlotte Riley, and Waleed Zuaiter.

LONDON HAS FALLEN Gets New Director in Babak Najafi

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The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen now has a new director, and in the nick of time too.  Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond was previously set to direct after Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua declined the opportunity over creative differences, but Bond subsequently left the project over a week ago when he felt the time crunch was just too intense.  Millennium and star Gerard Butler began scrambling to find a replacement with production set to begin next month, but when Butler wasn’t liking many of the choices, he started considering leaving the project altogether.  That won’t be happening, however, as Easy Money II: Hard to Kill helmer Babak Najafi is now in negotiations to take the helm.  Hit the jump for more on the London Has Fallen director and the atypical, two-part shooting schedule that the film will undergo.

Frederik Bond Departs OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN Due to Creative Differences

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Director Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) signed on to direct the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just one month ago.  It was not meant to be.  Bond left the project six weeks before shooting is scheduled to begin.  A Millennium spokesperson told Heat Vision that Bond departed due to creative difference, although the split is reportedly “amicable.”

London Has Fallen has an unusual schedule to accommodate star Gerard Butler‘s current engagement shooting Geostorm.  The plan is to shoot for a month with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo starting in October, then pick back up with Butler on board in April.  Producer Mark Gill and Butler are looking at candidates and hope to find a new director in the next 72 hours, so it seems they are determined to maintain that schedule.

Fredrik Bond to Direct OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN

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The Olympus Has Fallen sequel now has a director.  THR reports that Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond is in negotiations to helm the follow-up London Has Fallen, taking over for Antoine Fuqua who directed the first film.  Gerard Butler reprises his role as a U.S. Secret Service agent with a penchant for stabbing people in the head, as he accompanies the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while attending the funeral of the British prime minister.  Obviously, things don’t go as planned, and Butler’s character must once again stab more people in the head save the day.  Christian Gedegast and Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt wrote the the script and producers are eyeing an October production start date.

Bond got his start in the music video world before making his feature film debut with 2013’s Shia LaBeouf-fronted Charlie Countryman.  Though the pic garnered a mixed response, Bond subsequently landed on a few promising director shortlists, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5.  Focus Features will release London Has Fallen on October 2, 2015.

Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia in Negotiations to Join GEOSTORM

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It’s been quite a while since Gerard Butler took the lead role in Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, but now it looks as though he could finally get some co-stars.  It’s being reported that Jim SturgessAbbie CornishEd Harris and Andy Garcia are all in negotiations for roles in the Warner Bros./Skydance film.

Devlin’s responsible for penning Universal Solider, Stargate and Independence Day, and also has a bunch of producing credits to his name too, but Geostorm will mark his feature directorial debut.  Hit the jump for more on the upcoming sci-fi adventure.  Geostorm is set for a March 25, 2016 release.

Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson Talk HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the Evolution of the Film, LONDON HAS FALLEN, and More

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How to Train Your Dragon was not only a great and highly entertaining film that did huge worldwide box office numbers, but it was one of the best uses of 3D that I’ve seen in the cinema.  Needless to day, I was excited to see the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and it did not disappoint.  Five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended a dragon named Toothless that led the residents of Berk to live side-by-side in peace with the fire-breathers.  Hiccup now has the respect of his father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), the love of his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) and has discovered his long-lost mother (Cate Blanchett), but the power-hungry Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is threatening everything.

At the recent L.A. press day, Collider had the opportunity to chat with Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson, who are both clearly friends, as well as co-stars.  During the very playful interview (they kept teasing me about the skulls all over my sweater), they talked about when they learned the first film was going to be such a huge worldwide hit, how special it is to be a part of this franchise, how things were different the second time around, and how much the film changed over the course of making it.  Gerard Butler also talked about what can be expected from the Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen, and how all of the characters end up back together.  Watch the video after the jump.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Review

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2010′s How to Train Your Dragon is a wonderful movie.  In addition to being beautifully animated, it’s a story about understanding, ingenuity, and compassion wrapped in the almost-always-endearing child-and-his/her-pet tale.  Dean DeBloisHow to Train Your Dragon 2 physically expands the canvas of the original by bringing in new characters, new locations, and new dragons, but in his attempt to make the sequel bigger, he’s also spread it thin.  Although it still keeps the central focus on the relationship between Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless, the pacing is erratic as the story tries to hop between plotlines, themes, and scattered characters.  The movie is still sprinkled with charm, humor, and warmth, but it never holds together as tightly as the original.

Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Djimon Hounsou, and Kit Harington Talk HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, Being Part of a Popular Franchise, and Future Projects

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How to Train Your Dragon was not only a great and highly entertaining film that did huge worldwide box office numbers, but it was one of the best uses of 3D that I’ve seen in the cinema.  Needless to day, I was excited to see the sequel, and it did not disappoint.  Five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended a dragon named Toothless that led the residents of Berk to live side-by-side in peace with the fire-breathers.  Hiccup has the respect of his father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), the love of his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) and has discovered his long-lost mother (Cate Blanchett), but the power-hungry Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is threatening everything.

During a press conference at the film’s Los Angeles press day, actors Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson (who voices Gobber), Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington (who voices Eret, son of Eret) talked about being a part of such a popular franchise, being the new actors to the cast, how special the father-son relationship between Stoick and Hiccup is, why Butler could relate to it so personally, gauging just how scary the evil villain should be, and how blown away they were by the finished film.  Butler also talked about his role in the upcoming fantasy epic Gods of Egypt while Harington said he gets back to work on Game of Thrones in late July.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

5 Clips from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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Following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, DreamWorks Animation has released a batch of How to Train Your Dragon 2 clips.  The film picks up five years after the events of the first film, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their friends are enjoying dragon races.  During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider.  This continues to be one of my most anticipated films of the year, and these latest clips only serve to make the wait seem that much longer.

Hit the jump to watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 clips.  The film also features the voices of Cate BlanchettGerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen WiigHow to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

Irons and Miller Join HIGH-RISE; Sarsgaard and Ryder to Lead EXPERIMENTER; Galifianakis Has TULIP FEVER; Butler Set for DEN OF THIEVES

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We have a few casting stories for you this morning.  Briefly:

  • Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller will join Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley‘s adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s High-Rise.
  • Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder will lead the biopic Experimenter, The Stanley Milgram Story.
  • Zach Galifanakis has signed on to Justin Chadwick‘s period romance Tulip Fever.
  • Gerard Butler is set to star in the heist drama Den of Thieves.

Hit the jump for more details on these casting bits.

Gerard Butler Drops out of POINT BREAK; Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Sony Crime Thriller; Emma Stone Joins Woody Allen’s Next Untitled Picture

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Here’s a bit of casting (and anti-casting) news today:

  • Gerard Butler has exited Ericson Core’s Point Break remake scripted by Kurt Wimmer.  Luke Bracey still stars.
  • Channing Tatum will star in and produce an untitled crime thriller for Sony.  Kristin Gore will pen the script.
  • Emma Stone has joined Woody Allen’s latest untitled film, which also stars Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Michelle Forbes is the latest addition to Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Release Dates for JAMES CAMERON’S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, Robert Zemeckis’ 3D Film, RICKI AND THE FLASH, and GEOSTORM

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Release dates for a number of upcoming films have been released.  Briefly:

  • James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D – The documentary feature that focuses on James Cameron’s boyhood dream of becoming an explorer and subsequent dive to the Mariana Trench will open in theaters on August 8th of this year.
  • Untitled Robert Zemeckis 3D – Director Robert Zemeckis’ next film, a drama about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, will bow on October 2, 2015.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads a cast that also includes Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.
  • Ricki and the Flash – Director Jonathan Demme’s film about a rock star mother who returns to her abandoned children in the hopes of reassuming her role as caretaker will open on June 26, 2015.  Scripted by Diablo Cody (Juno), the film will star Meryl Streep.
  • Geostorm – Warner Bros.’ sci-fi adventure about a malfunction in climate-control satellites will drop on March 25, 2016.  Gerard Butler stars and Dean Devlin makes his directorial debut.

Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.

LONDON HAS FALLEN to Open October 2nd, 2015; Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart Return

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Gerard Butler is set to save the world again, this time while based in a foreign country.  After saving the President of the U.S.A. (Aaron Eckhart) in Olympus Has Fallen, the sequel London Has Fallen will reunite Butler’s Mike Banning with Eckhart’s head of state, Benjamin Asher.  The newly revealed synopsis sees the Americans and other foreign dignitaries in London to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister (who apparently doesn’t even get the opportunity to survive terrorists).  When a new plot to assassinate the world leaders crops up, only Banning, Asher, and an MI-6 agent can put a stop to it.

Focus Features will release London Has Fallen on October 2, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

See How Berk Has Changed in New HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Featurette

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new behind-the-scenes How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette.  The sequel takes place five years after the events of the first film, and in this featurette writer/director Dean Deblois discusses how the How to Train Your Dragon world has changed since then.  The biggest difference is that now all of the inhabitants of Berk have a dragon; as Jay Baruchel points out, if you don’t have a dragon, you are in the minority.  Moreover, Baruchel’s Hiccup and Toothless are now working to fill out their Viking map by exploring more territories.  The follow-up continues to look great, and with no new Pixar movie this year, HTTYD2 has this summer all to itself (save for the very young skewing Planes: Fire and Rescue), so it should clean up quite nicely.

Hit the jump to watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette.  The film also features the voices of  Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen WiigHow to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

Watch the First 5 Minutes of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first five minutes from How to Train Your Dragon 2 online.  The long-awaited DreamWorks Animation sequel picks up five years after the events of the first film, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their friends are enjoying dragon races.  During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider.  I assume this clip is for one of two groups: 1) People who can’t stand the four-year wait for the sequel any longer, and just need to get another glimpse right now (two clips have already been released); or 2) People who plan on being super late to the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip.  The film opens in 3D on June 13th, and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.

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